Alphabet Crafts

Exclusive stationery & elegant calligraphy

Tel. 01362 821024 or email calligrapher@alphabetcrafts.co.uk


Teaching

I am a qualified teacher and an Accredited tutor of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society.  I have a Cert Ed. for teaching in post compulsory education.  You can, therefore, expect a high standard of support and tuition.

Quality of teaching.  In April 2007 an observation of teaching and learning at a Saturday workshop graded the calligraphy lesson as  "Outstanding - Grade 1".  This was verified by the West Suffolk College panel.

In February 2008 an observation of teaching and learning at Linton Village College graded the calligraphy lesson as "Good - Grade 2"

Calligraphy Workshops arranged by me.  Please email me for details.

I  run day workshops during which learners can spend the whole day exploring and learning.  A maximum of 10/12 students attend to allow me to give individual help and assistance. 

Calligraphy workshop -   Italic . Saturday 2nd September 2017, 10am - 4pm, Clare Old School, Clare, Suffolk.  Fee: £35. This workshop is for those with experience of calligraphy.

Calligraphy workshop -   Christmas/craft workshop . Saturday 4th November 2017, 10am - 4pm, Clare Old School, Clare, Suffolk.  Fee: £35. This workshop is for those who have some experience of calligraphy.

 

Calligraphy Workshops organised by other organisations

I am teaching an Improvers Workshop - Italic script on September 30th 2017 at Peterborough Museum, 10am - 4pm.  Tel. 01733 864663

 

I have taught at West Suffolk College, Linton Village College and Cottenham Village College Summer School.

I have taught adults calligraphy at "The Works", Beccles, The Town Hall, Ipswich (Ipart festival), The Ipswich Institute, Ipswich,  The Dragonfly Gallery, March and Whittlesey for the Fenland Museum Service and at Peterborough Museum.

Please contact me if you would like me to teach at your organisation or for your group.  If you are a beginner, no problem, for I can provide equipment and materials to start you off. Calligraphy materials can be difficult to source on the high street.

 

Working with children and young people

London project

In the summer term 2005 I met, on several occasions, a class of Year 4 children at a London primary school.  The project - the effect of a long-term art project on literacy- covered papermaking, code making, designing symbols and writing poetry.  http://www.octobergallery.co.uk/education/index.shtml

During a week in August 2005 I ran 45 minute workshops for children at Colchester Museum during which they created an illuminated letter.

In July 2006 I participated in Colchester Borough Council's "Fun in the Sun" at Highwoods Country Park and taught children how to make paper from recycled materials and pressed wild flowers.

In May 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 I taught around 100 12-13 year olds at Lakenheath Middle School, Feltwell how to make small illuminated letters. This formed part of their UK Day in which the American students learnt about British history, traditions and customs.

Lakenheath event

Here is some of their positive feedback included in thank you letters following the 2009 day: "I wish you could teach us everyday", "I enjoyed ur class because it was cool", "You were an amazing speaker and made it sooo fun for us to do the calligraphy....it wasn't even boring when you told us about the history", "It was pretty cool that you could put gold on it by transferring it.  Please come again" and finally ....

"Thank you so much for coming to our school and showing/letting us make a calligraphy letter.  It was loads of fun!  You are a great teacher!  I thought the part where we had to blow hot air on the cards was funny!  I really enjoyed your class because I could express myself by decorating the letter"

Family Learning

From 2005 - 2007 I was a family learning tutor for Suffolk County Council, teaching parents of primary school children how to support their children's literacy and ICT needs at home.  I have CRB clearance at enhanced level.

In 2009 I taught a Family Arts course for Norfolk Family Learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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